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How to connect AirPods to PS5

Pair your AirPods with PlayStation for discrete gaming audio.
September 4, 2023

Apple’s AirPods are one of the most popular earbuds on the market, and you may be wondering if you can connect them to your PS5. For all its innovative features, Sony’s next-gen console still doesn’t natively support Bluetooth headphones. Luckily, you can work around that by using a compatible Bluetooth adapter.


AirPods cannot connect natively to the PS5. You need a compatible Bluetooth adapter to connect your AirPods to a PS5. Plug the adapter into your console's USB port and turn it on. Then, put your AirPods in pairing mode to connect.

How to connect AirPods to PS5

You may have already tried to connect your AirPods to your PS5, only to be disappointed that they are not supported. While the console can detect the headphones, it won’t connect to them.

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Though it should be technically possible to connect your earbuds, this is one of Sony’s ways of controlling which accessories work within their ecosystem — a tactic not too different than Apple’s. Luckily, there is a workaround if you have a suitable Bluetooth adapter.

While we haven’t tested every Bluetooth adapter on the market, most of the ones we did test did not work. For example, adapters with Bluetooth 4 or lower failed to connect. However, Bluetooth 5.0 wireless audio adapters should connect your AirPods to a PS5. We recommend this one from Skull & Co because it can connect two pairs of headphones simultaneously, features voice chat, and is compatible with other gaming consoles such as the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Just plug the adapter into the USB-C port on your PS5. Then, open your AirPods case and press the button on the backside to put them into pairing mode. After that, press the pairing button on the Bluetooth adapter and wait for the LED lights to stop flashing. When the lights steady, that indicates a successful pairing with your AirPods connected to your PS5.

If you want to connect AirPods to a PS4, we also have a guide for that.

Sync AirPods with a Smart TV

If you have a Smart TV and don’t want to buy a Bluetooth adapter, there is another way to use your AirPods with your PS5. Luckily, since most Smart TVs support Bluetooth accessories, you can connect your AirPods with your TV instead of your PS5.

If you are considering getting a new TV, check out the best gaming TVs for your PS5.

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Every TV’s settings will be a little different, but you should be able to find a Devices or Accessories menu from the main Settings. Then, select Scan for devices while your AirPods are in pairing mode to sync them. Change your TV’s audio output to your headphones, and you’re all set.


Some Bluetooth adapters, such as this one, will support voice chat when connecting your AirPods to a PS5, but not all adapters will work.

For AirPods to work with your PS5, you will need to use a third-party adapter, such as this one from Skull & Co